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Tottenham may fine Real Madrid target Gareth Bale after he failed to show up to training for a second day, manager Andre Villas-Boas has said.

It appears a deal with Madrid is essentially done but Spurs want to sign a replacement before it is officially completed. This is the cause of Bale's frustration, but his behaviour has become unprofessional. The cause of the delay was the Willian / Chelsea saga, but the club are now close to completing a deal for Roma's Erik Lamela and at that point Bale should move for around £85million. It's a shame for all at Tottenham that it has come to this, but it would better for everyone if the transfer was wrapped up as quickly as possible.
Source: BBC Sport
Wed, Aug 28, 2013 11:34:00 AM

Marouane Fellaini was sent off in the 84th minute as Manchester United saw off an inspired Manchester City to draw 0-0 in an eventful Manchester derby.

Manchester City were the better club at the Etihad but Manchester United held firm, as Jose Mourinho's defensive game plan proved too much for the Citizen break. City twice hit the post in the first half, with Sergio Aguero hitting the right post from close-range before David de Gea touched an Aleksandar Kolarov strike against the left. While United came close to opening the scoring just before the break when Ander Herrera headed a Marcus Rashford free-kick wide, it was the closest the visitors would get to finding a goal. City dominated the second-half and seemed to be on the verge of a victory after Fellaini was sent off for a rash headbutt on Aguero. Gabriel Jesus then appeared to have headed home the winner injury-time, but a good eye by the linesman saw him rightfully signal that the striker was in an offside position. All things consider, United will be happy with a share of the points.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 27 - 5:35 PM

Substitute Gabriel Jesus had a late header correctly ruled offside as Manchester City and Manchester United fought out a goalless draw at the Etihad.

Manchester City lacked the killer touch on Thursday, dominating possession and the attacking chances throughout an eventful derby clash. Sergio Aguero, who piled up a season-high number of shots (8), came closest for City when he hit the post early on before Aleksandar Kolarov saw his strong effort denied by David De Gea. Pep Guardiola's side continued their offensive assault in the second-half with both Raheem Sterling and Aguero forcing De Gea again into action. The match tilted even further in the home side's favor when Marouane Fellaini was dismissed after headbutting Aguero, while Jesus had his close-range header disallowed for offside in stoppage time. The result means City remain fourth in the table, one point and place above United.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 27 - 6:05 PM

After a delay of several weeks, the FA have punished Joey Barton with an 18-month ban for his decade-long gambling offenses.

The FA initially charged Barton back in early March, but the disciplinary hearing was delayed for several weeks because a chief investigator on the case fell ill. This allowed Barton to make a few more appearances for Burnley but, with a 34-year-old banned from football for a year and a half, one has to speculate whether Barton may have kicked the last ball of his professional career, a career with no shortage of controversy. While his temperament led to trouble both on and off the pitch, he has been able to succeed at a high level as a midfield enforcer, most recently helping Burnley to the top flight last season. Whether or not this is the end of the line for Barton, it is hard to imagine him fading quietly into the sunset. For the handful of fantasy managers who had been using Barton in draft leagues, it is now safe to drop him.
Source: BBC Sport
Apr 27 - 4:32 AM

Joey Barton will appeal his 18-month suspension after he admitted a Football Association charge relating to betting on matches.

The Burnley midfielder is said to be "very disappointed at the harshness of the sanction" and if Barton is unsuccessful in having his ban reduced, then it’s unlikely he will ever play professionally again, certainly in the top-flight. At the age of 34, Barton admits: "The decision effectively forces me into an early retirement from playing football. I accept that I broke the rules governing professional footballers, but I do feel the penalty is heavier than it might be for other less controversial players." Barton was reunited with his former boss Sean Dyche in January following an unhappy stint at Rangers, and has enjoyed a successful return to Turf Moor. However, his contract will be terminated with immediate effect, if his ban for placing 1,260 bets between March 2006 and May 2016, breaching FA Rule E8, is not reduced. Steven Defour is poised for a return at Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Source: Daily Mail
Apr 27 - 5:07 AM

Hull City will once again be without the services of Omar Elabdellaoui when they face Southampton at St Mary’s this weekend.

The Norwegian international has been struggling with a back problem since March and Marcos Silva will have to wait for another week, at least, before Elabdellaoui is ready for a return to first-team action. Everton loanee Oumar Niasse is available for selection after the Football Association decided to rescind the red card he was issued versus Watford in game week thirty-four. The Tigers have no fresh injury concerns but Ryan Mason [skull fracture], Moses Odubajo, Will Keane and David Meyler [all knee] remain on the sidelines. Greg Luer and Brian Lenihan continue to build fitness with the development side.
Apr 27 - 8:01 AM

Tottenham kept their title hopes alive with a hard-fought 1-0 victory at Crystal Palace thanks to Christian Eriksen's superb 78th-minute strike.

Tottenham struggled to break down an in-form Palace side for much of the match at Selhurst Park. But, despite a quiet performances by Harry Kane and Dele Alli, Mauricio Pochettino's side stayed patient before a magic move from Eriksen finally broke the Palace defense. The Dane exploited a rare bit of space in the center of the park, letting fly from 35-yards out and into the bottom corner beyond the reach of Wayne Hennessey. The result means Tottenham move on to 74 points, surpassing their previous best ever league total of 72, and within four points of leaders Chelsea.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 26 - 5:46 PM

Sunderland sit on the brink of relegation after Wednesday's 1-0 lose to Middlesbrough in the Tees-Wear derby.

Marten de Roon's early goal was too much for Sunderland to overcome at the Riverside Stadium despite the visitors controlling the attacking chances throughout the match. Didier N'Dong was denied by Brad Guzan 10 minutes from the break, with Billy Jones heading the rebound over the bar, while Wahbi Khazri's early second-half free-kick drew another stop from the Boro keeper. Their best chance of the match came late on when Jermian Defoe looked to be in one-one-one, but the striker was flagged offside. The result leaves the Black Cats 12 points adrift from safety with five matches remaining, meaning they must win out to have a chance at pulling off another remarkable relegation escape.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 26 - 6:51 PM

Arsenal left it late but Nacho Monreal bounced a shot off of Robert Huth and past Peter Schmeichel as the Gunners beat Leicester City 1-0 at the Emirates.

Arsenal dominated possession for nearly the entire match but had precious little to show for it heading toward the end of the match. For all of their passing around the outside of the box they had trouble generating anything resembling a solid opportunity on goal. It looked for all the world like the match was going to end nil-nil and effectively end Arsenal's quest for a Champions League spot until Nacho Monreal took a rebound out of the air and got a fortunate bounce off of Huth that was ruled an own goal for the win.
Source: espnfc.com
Apr 26 - 4:48 PM

Robert Huth couldn't get out of the way of Nacho Monreal's shot and the deflection, ruled an own goal, ended up as the only goal of the match.

Leicester City have one point to show for their four matches against the Gunners since the start of last season. Arsenal were the only club to beat the Foxes twice last season as Claudio Ranieri's boys shocked the world. Fast forward a year and it looked like it was going to be two nil-nil draws this season as Craig Shakespeare's edition of the Foxes were well on their way to authoring a valiant holding action in the face of dominant Arsenal possession. It was not to be as Robert Huth inadvertently steered Nacho Monreal's shot, which was headed well wide, into the net in the 86th minute.
Source: espnfc.com
Apr 26 - 4:51 PM

Jose Mourinho provided a mixed update ahead of Thursday’s Manchester derby with Paul Pogba set to miss out because of injury.

The £89m midfielder performed as a "hero" at Turf Moor before he was replaced during the dying moments of the 2-0 win. Mourinho described Pogba as "dead" on Sunday following a gruelling week of football which included an extra-time victory over Anderlecht in the Europa League. "Dead he is for sure," said Mourinho. "If he's injured or if it's just the super accumulation of fatigue in the muscles, I don't know." However, the United manager confirmed during today’s press conference that Pogba would not be ready to face Man City having failed to train this week. Ander Herrera [ankle] has been passed fit, while Antonio Valencia is also expected to return the ranks, but Mourinho must contend with several absentees with Zlatan Ibrahimović, Marcos Rojo, Juan Mata, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones ruled out through injury: "We go with what we have and we fight with what we have."
Apr 26 - 1:03 PM

David Silva seems certain to miss tomorrow’s Manchester derby having failed to recover the knock which forced him off at Wembley.

The Spain star was caught during the opening exchanges of Sundays FA Cup semi-final by Arsenal centre-back Gabriel, but despite trying to run the injury off, he was replaced on 23 minutes: "David [is a] real, real doubt - I don’t know if he will be ready to play," Pep Guardiola said. However, it does look like Sergio Aguero will be OK following a return to training while Gabriel Jesus is available after three months out due to a fractured metatarsal, although his "physical condition is not optimal." Fernandinho was confident of recovering earlier this week but there was no mention from Pep. Bacary Sagna could also make a surprise return but John Stones is struggling with an unspecified muscular problem and is likely to be absent again.
Apr 26 - 1:20 PM




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